INITIATIVES TO ADDRESS YOUTH HOMELESSNESS
The NSW Government announced two new initiatives aimed at reducing youth homelessness in Northern NSW today.
The Northern Youth Project, with funding of $1.5 million over three years, will be delivered by Social Futures and provide crisis and transitional accommodation to approximately 92 young people in the Northern NSW Family and Community Services (FACS) District.
In addition, Uniting has been awarded $2.25 million over three years to deliver the Premier’s Youth Initiative in the Mid North Coast and Northern NSW FACS District.
Member for Lismore Thomas George made the announcement at a Uniting facility in Goonellabah with Minister for Social Housing Pru Goward.
“We know that investing in our young people and supporting them out of crisis into stable accommodation is critical for them and for our communities,” Mr George said.
“By intervening early, we can help these young people get their lives back on track and continue with further education or employment opportunities.”
The Premier’s Youth Initiative aims to prevent homelessness among young people leaving out-of-home care by supporting them with services including a personal adviser, education, employment mentoring, transitional accommodation support and support in finding and sustaining long-term accommodation.
“I am very happy that we are seeing more support for young people experiencing homelessness in Northern NSW,” Ms Goward said.
“We know we need to improve support to those in crisis as well as provide opportunities for education and training but we also need to do better when it comes to preventing young people from becoming homeless in the first place. These new programs will make a big difference in Northern NSW.”
The announcement comes on top of a commitment that Rent Choice Youth, a rental assistance subsidy for up to three years to young people between the ages of 16 and 24 who are at risk of homelessness, would be made available to young people in Northern NSW.
Photo: Alan Hoskins AO, Chair Uniting Regional Advisory Council North; Thomas George MP; Minister Pru Goward MP; Charlie Chubb Head of Far & Mid North Coast Uniting; Tony Davies, CEO, Social Futures